Kevin Magnussen: F1 team-mate dynamic is ‘bizarre’


Kevin Magnussen is having fun with working along with his team-mates in Endurance Racing, versus preventing them in Formulation 1.

The Danish driver departed Formulation 1 on the finish of the 2020 season, and within the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship he now finds himself working alongside his team-mates Scott Dixon and Renger van der Zande as a part of the Chip Ganassi Racing crew.

It’s a far completely different scenario to that of Formulation 1, the place the primary purpose is to beat your team-mate, and Magnussen is glad to be away from that “bizarre” dynamic.

“I actually like with the ability to work with my team-mates correctly, and never preventing towards one another. It may be a reasonably hostile surroundings to be in, particularly Formulation 1,” he stated when showing on the WEC Speak podcast.

“Your absolute worst enemy is your team-mate in so many senses, you get measured up towards your team-mate in Formulation 1, it’s not actually attainable to match throughout groups, so the way in which to maneuver ahead in F1 is to beat your team-mate and beat him massive.

“That turns into such a tricky surroundings to be in. And really it isn’t all the time enjoyable, as a result of in the identical Haas I used to be team-mates with Romain Grosjean and really I actually favored the man, and it was powerful as a result of we each knew that we needed to completely kill one another to maneuver ahead, and alternatively we received on fairly nicely exterior of the automotive.

“It simply creates this bizarre pressure and bizarre environment.”

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Magnussen was thrown in on the deep finish along with his endurance racing debut arriving on the iconic Daytona 500. However fortunately his father Jan has been racing on this format for over 20 years, so Kevin knew what to anticipate.

“It was a bit bit, however then once more alternatively it was fairly easy actually,” he stated when requested if Daytona was a tradition shock.

“I’ve been at lots of my dad’s races throughout his time, he’s raced in endurance racing for greater than 20 years, then in fact I’ve been following him very carefully. So I’m very snug with how endurance racing works and know that world fairly nicely via him.

“So it wasn’t such an enormous tradition shock, however for certain there have been nonetheless quite a lot of issues that had been new to me, like racing on a monitor with completely different classes and lessons and going via visitors, that was stuff I’ve by no means needed to take care of earlier than.

“And sharing the vehicles with different drivers as nicely is a brand new factor, simply the way in which you’re employed inside the crew and the way you’re employed on the setup and go about engaged on the automotive, it’s all a bit completely different.

“However I actually loved it, it was a very good expertise.”

A late puncture for van der Zande price Chip Gannasi a shot at Daytona victory, and a debut win for Magnussen, however it’s this pursuit of victory which the Danish driver is glad to have again in his life.

Magnussen’s solely Formulation 1 podium arrived in his debut race on the 2014 Australian Grand Prix.

“For certain, it’s the fundamental motive why I didn’t actually attempt to keep in F1,” he defined when requested if he got here to endurance racing to rediscover that successful feeling.

“I might have beloved to remain in F1 if I may have discovered a spot to battle on the entrance, however I simply didn’t actually see that taking place. So I’m excited that I’m capable of get again to actually successful races and specializing in having fun with what I do.

“Don’t get me unsuitable, it’s superior to race in F1, the vehicles are implausible and it’s a childhood dream to be racing in Formulation 1, however on the finish of the day if you understand you’ll be able to’t battle for wins, after seven years that turns into outdated, it’s arduous to remain motivated and it’s arduous to actually take pleasure in it if you understand that you’re not going to be in rivalry for wins.

“So I really feel like I wanted a change, the way in which that I checked out it was that if I don’t get nearer to a take care of a high crew then I would like to seek out one thing else in one among these different superior types of motorsport exterior of Formulation 1.

“I miss the sensation of successful and preventing for championships, pole positions and simply preventing on the entrance, I missed it an excessive amount of.”

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